Microsoft on Wednesday announced that it plans to replace
Calibri as the default font in the Office suite.
As you may be aware, Microsoft Office products currently use
Calibri by default. There are ways in Word to change the
default settings to anything, but Microsoft is planning to
change the default font style in the next big update, which is
expected to arrive soon.
The company wants users to select the new default font for
Office apps by casting their vote and feedback. Microsoft has
announced five contenders for the default font style –
Tenorite, Bierstadt, Skeena, Seaford, and Grandview.
While Office is getting a new default font, Microsoft confirmed
that Calibri just wouldn’t go away. There are ways in Word and
other Office products to change the default settings to
anything you want. If you don’t like the Calibri successor for
some reasons, you can always switch back when this change takes
place in future.
How to cast your vote for the new default font in Microsoft
Microsoft officially noted
that they’re listening to user feedback and they’ll be
evaluating five fonts over the next few months. These new fonts
are currently available for testing via the cloud across the
popular Microsoft 365 apps, such as Word, PowerPoint, etc.
You can start using the new fonts today and share your feedback
with Microsoft on Twitter.
We need to talk. What should our next default font be?
— Microsoft (@Microsoft)
April 28, 2021
How Microsoft designed new fonts for Office
A lot of effort has been put into designing these fonts and
getting them ready for Microsoft Office. For example, Microsoft
has worked with five independent designers to craft the new
fonts. This includes world-renowned typographer Tobias Frere
Jones, who helped create custom fonts that could replace
Calibri as the default.
Likewise, Tenorite font has been created by Erin McLaughlin and
Wei Huang and it would be easier to read at small sizes
Tenorite offers wide characters to “create a generally open
feeling,” Microsoft said.
At the moment, it’s not yet clear when the default font will be
finalized, but the company has promised that it’ll look into
user comments posted on social media before changing the